enforcement officers from the Galloway Township Police Department) will be
cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the
national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
May 23 and running through June 5, the annual initiative includes high
visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as
well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and
passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.
a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to
protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of
the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
"Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up increase their chances of
surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.”
year, the front seat belt usage rate in
rose for the 14th consecutive year to 93.73%.
Poedubicky noted that while front seat belt usage rates continue to
, law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100 percent
has a strong front seat belt usage rate, but there is still work to do,” he
said. “To meet our goal, we must
continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor
vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride.”
added that the campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers as well.
Legislation requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up became
law last year. Currently, adult
back seat belt use stands at only 27 percent.
the 2010 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 406 police agencies participated
in the two-week initiative. As a
result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 35,671 seat belt
citations, 5,832 speeding summonses and made 592 drunk driving arrests.
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